Orange Oxheart Tomato

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Orange Oxheart

*Indeterminate

Orange Oxheart plants are indeterminate producing 1 pound, orange, heart-shaped fruit.  The tomatoes are firm with solid flesh and the vines grow best in cages.  They are a very flavorful heirloom variety.

How To Grow: Plant in full sun.

Spacing: Plant 18″ apart.

Height: Grows 4′ to 5′ tall.

Outstanding Features: Vines are highly productive.

Tips: Tomatoes will grow in any good garden soil that is properly drained.  Good drainage is necessary to prevent “blossom-end rot”.  The ground should be tilled deeply before the tomatoes are planted.  The soil should also be enriched with compost, leaf mold, peat moss or commercial humus.  Manure can be used, if at all, with caution.  Set plants out after danger from frost has passed and plant them a bit deeper than what they were growing in their containers.  If your plants are a bit spindly, plant them on their sides and cover with dirt up to their first leaves.  Roots will grow along the buried stem and produce sturdier plants.  To avoid wilts and other serious problems, rotate tomatoes and other related vegetables (peppers, tomatoes, eggplants) with non-related vegetables such as legumes and cucurbits (squash, cucumbers).  Check out plant tags to see what a tomato variety is resistant to.

*Indeterminate tomatoes continue to grow, set fruit, and ripen continuously until a frost arrives.  Also known as vining types, they require staking or other support.

6 Responses to “Orange Oxheart Tomato”

  • Steve K:

    my oxheart tomatoes are rowing well but the leaves are curling up some ,,,is this normal ,,,any info will help ,,,they have great drainage ,soil and nutrients ,,its not raining a lot this year yet in philly area but ive been watering twice a week ….any comments welcomed june 22 ,2010

  • Steve K:

    correction growing well

  • Jason:

    Hi Steve,

    Thanks for visiting our website. Leaf curl on tomatoes is normal. Some varieties may curl more than others. I haven’t seen any curled leaves on my tomatoes yet.

    With the watering is it better to give your garden a good soaking once a week. This will encourage deeper root growth. It has been about 95-100 degrees here for the last couple of weeks, and Charley is still watering once a week.

    Hope this helps. Let us know if you have any more questions.

  • Lacey:

    I would agree with Jason. If there is no brown or yellow then there probably is nothing to worry about. I am pretty sure my orange oxhearts curled last year, and I remember asking Dad (Charley) the same thing!
    Let us know how they do!

  • Allison Dawn:

    I have been planting orange oxheart for the past 4 years. Every year they grew over 5 foot tall. They bear fruit mostly on the higher branches which makes the staking very complicated. Are they really suppose to grow that tall?

  • Jason:

    Yes, Orange Oxheart Tomatoes are indeterminate tomatoes which means that they will keep growing (actually they are vines so vining is more accurate) all summer long.

    You might try using a fence or trellis to attach the vines too. Other than that tall stakes and a ladder are about your only options.

    Here is a list of our other tomato varieties: http://www.charleysveggies.com/tomatoes/

    The determinate ones are the ones that stay short.

    Thanks for visiting our website and leaving us a comment.